My Messy Desk Dilemma: A Revamped DIY Desk Organizer

Today, I’m sharing a DIY desk organizer that I revamped to use on my desk. Awhile back, I posted this photo on Instagram: You guys. Remember that lovely photo of my kitchen I posted last night? And how I was all, “I try to clean every day…” Well, lest you think I’m anything but a […]

How to Survive a Kitchen Renovation

Now that we’ve been finished with our kitchen renovation for awhile, we’ve had some time to reflect on the process and some of the things that helped us and that might help you survive a kitchen renovation, or any major renovation project. Not that we didn’t have issues with the mess and the chaos and the unending about […]

How We Celebrated Will’s First Birthday

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since Will’s first birthday. I know the timeliness of this recap is a bit late, but I wanted to go ahead and share his first birthday celebration anyway since it’s the start of a tradition I think we’ll keep for many years, and because this blog serves […]

A Fun (Shutterfly) Family Book for Babies

One of the things on our goal list for this year included making some toys and games for Will. Even though I didn’t specifically include books in that goal, I wanted to share a fun book project I recently completed that has become one of Will’s very favorite books. Basically, it’s a DIY Shutterfly family […]

Family-Friendly Design – Toddler Toy Storage Tips

It’s hard to believe, but yes, we really do have a near-toddler on our hands. As Will gets more mobile and does more playing on his own, I’ve found that toy storage has become more and more important. I like the idea of having a playroom dedicated to toys, but right now, that isn’t practical for […]

2016 Home Goals Update

We’ve now passed the halfway point in the year, so it’s time to check in on our progress on our home goals for the year. We still have a lot to do, but I think we’ve made a dent in this list, at least a small dent. 1. Add a garbage disposal back under the kitchen […]

Our Suburban Garden – July Update (A Little Late)

Well, it’s past time for a July update on out suburban garden. This month saw a boom in our tomato production, our first acorn squash, and the end of raspberry season. I actually took these photos a couple of weeks ago, so things actually look a little different out there now. But, I figure I […]

A Cool Key – Wyatt’s Awesome Wooden 5th Anniversary Gift to Me

I wanted to share an awesome little project Wyatt and I sort of tag-teamed a couple of weeks ago that all started with his awesome wooden 5th anniversary gift to me. As a little backstory, when we were dating, Wyatt gave me an antique key after I mentioned I thought they were really cool. He picked […]

My First Stitch Fix – Is Stitch Fix For You?

Guys, I know I’m super behind the times when it comes to blogger trends so I wasn’t planning to blog about this, but I just got my first Stitch Fix box (and posted about it on Instagram) and I got so many questions, I figured it was worth a blog post. So, if you’re here just […]

Will’s Sweet and Simple First Birthday Party

I can’t believe I’m writing a recap post for our son’s first birthday. If I’m being honest, I can’t really believe we have a son, but since he’s now a year old, I should probably stop admitting that. It’s just that sometimes I look at him and think about how amazingly wonderful his story is […]

ONEderful! – An Inexpensive DIY First Birthday Shirt

Today is Will’s first birthday and while I’m working on a recap post with details from his super simple but super wonderful party yesterday, I wanted to go ahead and share how I created a cute DIY first birthday shirt onesie for him. I’ll start off by saying that while this project turned out just […]

DIwYatt: DIY Stadium Seat Tutorial

Melissa asked me to share the tutorial and plans behind our DIY stadium seat she debuted on our blog’s instagram. Here’s the backstory: over the weekend, we met up with some friends for Shakespeare in the Park, a “free” (donations accepted) show held each summer near the Plaza in Kansas City. #kansascitydatenight with good friends and […]

Ultimate Baby Registry Guide – Our Favorite Baby Gear – Part 2

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Completing the Deck Set

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Free Summer Popsicle Printables – Freebie FriYAY

As I’ve said before, I’m certainly not a designer, but I like to pretend to be sometimes, and in honor of summer starting this week, I thought it would be fun to create a free summer printable with popsicles. I made them in four different colors and sayings so you can download your favorite. Or all four! […]

Our Suburban Garden – June Update

The last time we checked in on our suburban garden, there wasn’t much happening…except rain. Now, we’re officially in the heat of the summer I think, and all that rain seems to be long gone. But luckily, most of our garden seems to be adjusting pretty well. First of all, I have to tell you […]

Ultimate Baby Registry Guide – Our Favorite Baby Gear Purchases – Part 1

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Summer Mantle Decor – Shiny and “Sandy”

Now, you might think I’m going to be talking about beachy summer mantle decor, complete with seashells and sand in a pretty bottle, with the reference to “sandy.” But nope. It’s a different kind of “Sandy.” Want the song stuck in your head all day? GO WATCH IT HERE. Gotcha. Anyway, our summer mantle really […]

An Imperfectly Pretty Painted Pot

A week or so ago, I started working on a little project for a friend who was moving to a new house. (She’s a friend in real life and a blogger friend—go check her out HERE, or on INSTAGRAM!) I wanted to customize a little ceramic pot and give her a baby from my growing Christmas […]

A Day in the Life

Hi friends, happy weekend! I thought it would be fun to share a little glimpse into our day-to-day routine since we haven’t been doing any big projects lately. Plus, we use this little corner of the internet as a sort of journal of our lives, chronicling projects and trips and life milestones. So, I’m sharing photos […]

A Couple Kitchen Changes

I know, I know. I just made a big deal about how our kitchen is finally done. Go see the recap, here! But, we’re never really totally done, right? To be fair, the most recent updates are pretty darn small. And, to be honest while we’re being fair, small changes are all we have time for these […]

A Rocky Start – Garden Update

A more accurate title for this post would be “A Weedy Start.” In case you can’t tell, those are tubs of asparagus…or weeds. Yikes, right? Over the weekend, we spent a little while tending the garden. I had high hopes to get totally back on track with that this year after pretty much neglecting it […]

Weekend Rewind – Memorial Day Memories

This weekend was a breath of fresh air. After a rough week of Will being sick while I struggled to meet work deadlines, I was ready for a little break. Not to mention, it’s been raining for weeks and weeks, which gave me a serious case of spring fever. We were able to spend time […]

Hand-me-down Happiness

One of the biggest blessings most young families are given is the gift of hand-me-down furniture. It’s wonderful to help fill empty rooms and prevent everyone from having to sit on lawn chairs or canoes in the living room. But, the bad part about all that free furniture is that it doesn’t always perfectly suit our […]

Sponsored Post – PlumbTile

**This post is #Sponsored by PlumbTile, but the words and opinions are all our own. ** As I’ve mentioned a few times, we’re starting to work on planning our laundry room remodel. We’re not going to do a full renovation, but we’d like to add a few fancy features, like maybe a nice tile wall […]

Our Kitchen Cost Breakdown

Now that we’re (finally) considering our kitchen done, I wanted to share a cost run-down with you guys because even though I wouldn’t call this a “bargain” upgrade, we tried really hard to always keep a tight budget in mind when making decisions and I think it’s important to share how we’ve splurged and saved […]

Our Kitchen Renovation Recap

Now that the kitchen has been done for awhile, I figure we should do a final recap post. So, get ready for a bunch of photos. I’ve also inserted links where I could, to round up all our project posts. Thanks for sticking with us through this super long process. It’s been a frustrating process, […]

Freebie FriYAY – Mercies Are New

It’s been awhile since I shared a #Freebie FriYAY with you all so I wanted to pop in with this one before I start the weekend. (sorry for the bad cell photo-this is the darkest corner of our house, apparently.) This week has been one of the best I can remember in a long time. […]

DIY Strawberry Tower – From the Office Store!

Last year, our strawberries didn’t do all that well, mostly because they were shaded by the cucumbers and overgrown and just sitting on the ground where bugs and moisture took a toll on our harvest. Lots of blooms, but not many ripened berries. So, this year, I wanted to try and transplant them to a […]

A Deal on Deck Chairs

It’s springtime, which means the temperatures are just about perfect for grilling and spending time outside, whether we’re on the deck, or down in the yard. So, that means it’s time to pull out the patio furniture so we have some place to sit and eat. Or sit and read. Or sit and work. Basically, a […]